Austal USA, based in Mobile, Alabama, clinched a contract worth more than half a billion dollars to advance the construction of the T-AGOS 25 class vessel.

Austal USA, a naval shipbuilding company, has been awarded a $516,481,569 contract modification to further develop the T-AGOS 25 Class vessel. This investment shows the United States Navy’s efforts to modernise its fleet and enhance its maritime surveillance capabilities.

On May 19, 2023, Austal USA secured a $3.2bn contract from the US Navy for the design and construction of up to seven T-AGOS 25 class surveillance ships. If all options are exercised, construction will be extended through June 2034. These 110-metre SWATH vessels, equipped with the Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System (SURTASS), will support the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare mission.

Austal USA, partnering with L3Harris Technologies and others, will execute the project at its Mobile, Alabama, facility. It will continue its success with naval contracts, including Littoral Combat Ships and Expeditionary Fast Transports.

Austal USA delivered the USNS Cody (EPF-14), the first ‘Flight II’ variant of the Expeditionary Fast Transport and joined the Military Sealift Command’s fleet as the 14th EPF ship.

As per GlobalData’s intelligence on the US defence market, the US Navy acquired the LCS Independence frigate from Austal USA between 2014 and 2023. However, the US Navy’s LCS programme will conclude in 2024 with the USS Pierre (LCS 38), marking the end of the twin-variant warship class. The USS Pierre is the 19th and last Independence-class vessel.

The T-AGOS 25 class ship is equipped with surveillance systems and designed to operate in diverse maritime environments. It safeguards US national interests and ensures maritime security.

The project, scheduled to be completed by May 2028, will involve the collaboration of multiple locations across the United States, including Mobile, Alabama; Houma, Louisiana; Camden, New Jersey; and various others.

The contract is funded by Fiscal 2024 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funds.